View Full Version : 5 Series 1986 535i E28

08-27-2012, 02:47 PM
Up for sale is an 86 BMW 535i. Has been stored inside an insulated barn for the past 5-6 years or so, and started occasionally.

Car still runs and drives like a champ. Manual transmission is silky smooth. New fluids all around, brake calipers rebuilt and pistons lubed, brake lines repaired, fuel lines repaired, new muffler, and more. Interior is in great shape (door panels removed in pictures but obviously included)

Car is SOLID underneath, no rust on quarter panels, all original metal.

Needs some work (mostly cosmetic) but is a great starting point. You don't find many this clean anymore.

Have many other parts and a few other E28s for sale, come see them in person and lets work something out. Car is located near Georgetown. Looking for $2,500 OBO...


08-29-2012, 11:32 AM

08-29-2012, 04:50 PM
29x,xxx km. Can't remember it exactly. Just under 300,000. But that's an average of only 11,000/year!

Car was originally owned by a doctor in Richmond hill who took great care of it, always maintained at BMW of Richmond hill (or whatever it was called) as is evident when flipping through the service section of the manual.

Were the 3rd owner, 2nd was some guy who was the cause of most of the cosmetic blemishes. Mechanically the car is still solid though.

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09-12-2012, 01:58 PM

09-13-2012, 10:55 AM
Up for sale is an 86 BMW 535i. Has been stored inside an insulated barn for the past 5-6 years or so, and started occasionally.
Car still runs and drives like a champ.

I would recommend you spend 1-2 hours doing a quick detail job on the car. It looks solid, and you might have a better chance of getting more people to come see the car.

- Wash the car
- Use a quick liquid wax or traditional turtle wax paste (it will buff the paint a bit). Even use some detail spray to give a bit of shine if you are pressed for time.
- Spend some time on the interior. Use a leather cleaner and dress up the seats a bit.
- Tire shine on the tires.

The car looks solid, so it might be worth the time.

I helped out with a friends estate sale. The car drove great, but had some scratches on the rear fenders and rear door.

Older driver + Parking Garages = POOR CAR

Didn't post it on max (lowballers), but spent some time getting the car look the best it can. The smart buyers knew what they were getting. Priced right. They could see the good and the bad.

It sold in 1 week.

09-30-2012, 11:25 AM
^ I would but no time and no running water at the barn...


10-17-2012, 08:41 AM
Someone gitter before winter...

11-25-2012, 02:20 AM
Can't edit original post so I'll add this in here..


To be a little more upfront and direct about what it needs:

Exterior wise ... I think all of the flaws are apparent in the pictures. The biggest thing is probably the driver's fender dent. The body is mostly much rust-free, rear quarters are very clean. The hood is a little dented/bent but will shut (shown being open though!)

Interior wise ... the seats don't have tears but should be cleaned. Both driver/passenger headrests don't operate properly (just click), I read it is a pretty common issue for E28s. The front door panels are included but currently not installed. The drivers seat backs are in the trunk. The drivers seat has a "lean" to it, as it leans to the right side of the car. I think the front speaker covers are cracked. The stereo/radio works but whenever you adjust the volume, it makes a loud "beep". Finally, the trunk is stuck shut - not sure if this is related to the central locking system, or if the lock itself is seized.

Mechanically .... the engine/trans run and shift fine. We had some problems with the fuel pump but after replacing it, it has been operating fine. The car has a limited slip diff. We replaced the muffler as well. Some of the hard brake lines and gas lines were rotten so we had to repair them. The calipers had seized, so we disassembled them, lubricated them, and painted them. They seem to brake well now, but the ABS isn't functioning right, and there is little initial braking when pressing the pedal. When you slam the brakes, it takes like 1/2 a second for them to respond, and then they brake very quickly. I think the master cylinder needs to be lubricated.

Electrical wise... the windows and sunroof were working, however when we were doing some of the other work, they stopped. We didn't investigate why. The central locking system is also not working.

I realize there are quite a few things to look into, however the car is in pretty good shape overall, not rotted out, and does run great. I am being as honest as possible in posting all of the issues. If someone bought this now, they could very easily have it all finished up in time for next season.

01-27-2013, 04:40 PM
Bump, had a buyer make us an offer which we agreed to but then he flaked out.... car is FS again...

02-17-2013, 10:26 AM
bump, so many flakers making internet offers & in person offers that never come through.

02-17-2013, 12:45 PM
So much potential.

Are you on 15th sideroad? There's a farm there that had an e30 (coupe I believe) sitting in a field for quite a few years, used to drive by it all the time.

02-17-2013, 06:18 PM
So much potential.

Are you on 15th sideroad? There's a farm there that had an e30 (coupe I believe) sitting in a field for quite a few years, used to drive by it all the time.

No, that's not me unfortunately! I'm closer to Winston Churchill/Steeles. There's quite a few old cars sitting around in fields in the area, I think there used to be an old Road Runner sitting in a field north up near winston churchill and 22nd side road.

03-04-2013, 07:33 PM
bump er uppp

06-10-2013, 12:28 AM
Bump... price dropped, $2,000 obo

06-24-2013, 03:59 PM
Why so many flakers with this car? Wtf

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Dr. Flyview
06-24-2013, 05:35 PM
Man no offense, but take a look at kijiji and see what cars you can get for 2k. This isn't very clean...it's damaged, it's rusting in spots, it's dirty, and not the most attractive car (damn those US bumpers!) There's a reason it hasn't sold. You'd be lucky to get $800-$1000 in the state it's in.